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‘They don’t really come here to get educated’ – Indian student

Indian marketing graduate Akshay Massey says most Indians studying in courses below degree level are using the courses as a route to get residency.

In pursuit of the elusive and ubiquitous standard

Dr JOHN BOEREBOOM discusses why defining an educational standard is so problematic in both the primary and secondary schooling sectors.

Will CoOLs give the virtual learning network a permanent home?

Will communities of online learning (CoOLs) provide the Virtual Learning Network with the resourcing it needs to be sustainable and continue to develop? Or will they unleash an open educational marketplace that has the potential to undermine public schooling? JUDE BARBACK looks at the most polarising element of the Education (Update) Amendment Bill.

The big debate: should te reo be compulsory in our schools?

JUDE BARBACK looks at the arguments for and against making te reo Māori compulsory in New Zealand schools.

Education ministers in waiting

Education Review editor JUDE BARBACK catches up with Nikki Kaye, who is tipped to become Education Minister in May, and Labour’s education spokesperson Chris Hipkins about what the future holds for New Zealand education.

What will National Standards look like post-election?

This year’s election is about to hove into view and it’s time once more to consider everybody’s pitch. National Standards is a flagship government policy that’s very much on the line, with the controversy and opposition to its introduction nearly a decade ago refusing to go away. JAYLAN BOYLE considers again some of the main objections and invites Labour’s Chris Hipkins to discuss his version of a post-National Standards world.

Opening the door on seclusion rooms

The controversies surrounding seclusion rooms and the increasingly widespread practice of illegal ‘Kiwi suspensions’ reveal some cracks in our education system when it comes to managing challenging behaviour. JUDE BARBACK asks whether our schools and teachers are adequately prepared for the realities of teaching a diverse range of students.

Are league tables a fair way to compare school effectiveness?

DR JOHN BOEREBOOM suggests that a school’s effectiveness should be judged on the basis of how much the students learned from the time they entered the school to the time they left rather than simply relying on a traditional ‘snapshot’ measure in the NCEA exams.

NCEA pass rate targets – a wolf in sheep’s clothing?

DR JOHN BOEREBOOM says the increasing pass rates are masking concerns around the quality of the mix of achievement standards taken by different students to achieve NCEA.  

Online Learning Communities: cool idea or not?

The proposal for new online learning communities has sparked suggestions that we’re about to unleash online charter schools onto New Zealand education.
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